New Delhi, Nov 30:
Militancy in Kashmir has been at a minimum level after the repeal of Article
370, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Saturday, describing the first six
months of the Modi government’s second term as dedicated to development and
security of the country.
Javadekar said India has had a little impact of the global
economic slowdown and efforts to recover from it too have been hastened by the
The information and broadcasting minister said the Modi
government completes six months of its second term on Saturday, with the
country “moving fast on the path of progress”.
Citing various decisions and work done in the first six
months of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second stint, Javadekar said the
repeal of Articles 370 and 35A has “paved the path of peace in Kashmir.”
“In the four months since repeal of Article 370 and 35A, militancy
is at a minimum level. Earlier, militancy was dominant but now it has taken a
backseat. This is a tremendous change and the public life is now systematic,”
Javadekar said at a press briefing.
New avenues have also been opened for development of Jammu
and Kashmir, he asserted.
“Decisions are being made in the country’s interest. Efforts
have been made to strengthen security of the country in these six months, by
bringing in the Rafale fighter jet and making decisions on procurement of
equipment,” he said.
Javadekar said the Modi government has taken major decisions
like merger of banks, scheme for waiver of loans to the industries and
disinvestments in public sector and India has emerged as a country with the
lowest corporate tax rate, igniting hope among global investors.
“A little impact of the economic slowdown in the world has
also been in our country. But Modi government has been taking significant
decisions and efforts to come out of it has been hastened,” he said.
“The government has also extended justice to Muslim women
through legislation against Triple Talaq,” he said. The recent Ayodhya verdict
was received very peacefully by all communities, he said.
Prime Minister Modi’s foreign visits have strengthened
India’s image in the world, Javadekar said.
The government has also been engaged in behavioural change
by discouraging single-use plastic and encouraging plogging as a mass movement,
and will continue to take decisions sensitively and lead the country on the
path of growth and development, he added.